MUS 151 - Special Studies in Music
Semester Hours: 1-3
Designed to treat special subjects or projects in the areas of music theory, literature or performance.
Current Special Topics
MUS 151: Special Studies: Dangerous Ideas
This course has multiple sections in multiple departments (see list below). If any one of the sections listed below is closed, just register for another one. They are all the same course and will meet together.
Ideas matter. Concepts such as cultural identity, the meaning of and practices around food, democracy, faith, race, freedom, gender have inspired social movements, shaped ways of life and political systems, and dramatically influenced the lives of individuals. Scientific ideas (such as evolution, species extinction, climate science) also have power to shape our lives. Powerful ideas can be dangerous, generating turmoil and destabilizing the status quo, or supporting the status quo when change is needed, or creating unanticipated consequences.
This one-credit course explores some powerful ideas and way(s) in which they may be dangerous, provocative, or influential. Each week a faculty member from a different department will explore a concept that has shaped human experience across time and space.
Attendance and participation in discussion activities are obligatory and a brief reflection paper at the end of the course will be required. The course is available only on a pass/D+/D/fail basis. Register for any one of the cross-listed sections for the course. They all have the same title, “Dangerous Ideas”, and they will all meet together as one course.
Cross listed with ANTH 188K (A), CRN 94403; ENGL 008Q (A), CRN 94410;HIST 006M (A), CRN 94631; PHI 051 (A), CRN 94244; RELI 141F (A), CRN 94367.
Permission of department chairperson required.
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